Screen and Film School were delighted to welcome Casting Director Hannah Williams on Thursday 14th May for a Virtual Masterclass.

In the spirit of collaboration, students of Screen and Film School, and our sister college, the Institute for Contemporary Theatre, came together for Hannah’s masterclass, where she discussed changes in the casting industry for both filmmaking and performing.

Hannah is a casting director for Backstage, an online casting platform for filmmakers and actors. At Backstage, she has cast background actors for Being Human, Broadchurch, Toast of London, Man Down, Pride, The Legend of Tarzan, and Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them. She’s also started her own casting company, where she has works on BBC and BFI film projects as well as for commercial and creative agencies.

Hannah gave us an insight into the types of productions being posted on Backstage, for which she is a representative, as well as giving tips on auditioning in isolation. As part of our relationship with Hannah and Backstage, they’ve provided these great offers for the students of Screen and Film School and ICTheatre:

For SFS students, you can post free casting ads on Backstage by entering the promo code BRIGHTONFILMCAST

And if you’re a student of ICTheatre, you can sign up to Backstage for 12 months for free by visiting:, using your student email address to register!

Watch the masterclass below!